• Better Builder

    Developers fed up with cryptic Makefiles should take a look at the new Meson build system, which is simple to operate, offers scripting capabilities, integrates external test tools, and supports Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

  • Data On the Go

    Almost all manufacturers of GPS devices use proprietary formats to save routes, tracks, and waypoints. Vendors unfortunately rarely offer Linux software for uploading and downloading or processing the data. Four GPS editors keep Linux users on the right track.

  • Open Wide

    Open Speech Initiative seeks to bring advanced speech processing to free software.

  • Virtuoso Layering

    For the past three years, 20 developers have been working on a revamped version of the KDE libraries. The alpha release appeared in February 2014 with many new features.

News and Articles

  • Misconceptions

    Hadoop version 2 has transitioned from an application to a Big Data platform. Reports of its demise are premature at best.

  • Added Features

    Managing plugins is a requirement for Vim users, and plugin managers can make the task easier. We look at four options.

  • SwissArmy Knives

    Swiss File Knife replaces more than 100 individual command-line tools at once, but it still fits on a USB stick and runs on all major operating systems.

  • Tuned Up

    Nothing accelerates a PC like transitioning to an SSD, but some special configuration might be in order if you want to get the most from your drive.

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  • Convenient Scheduler

    The legacy handwritten diary has outlived its usefulness. Task Coach helps you organize your tasks and appointments.

  • Triple Threat

    Fedora 21 appears with a new vision and some interesting new tools for developers and system administrators.

  • Gone to the Dogs

    If you mess around with a pen-testing tool on your own network, you might survive the consequences, but chances are you'll take the prize for outstanding recklessness. Charly has some advice: Use Metasploitable, perhaps the most broken Linux ever.

  • Snapshot

    At the push of a button, Systemback backs up or clones the complete current system and can restore it as required.

  • Fast Contender

    Semplice is a fast and simple desktop system that avoids the clunky, stripped-down look associated with many "lean" Linux distros.

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